The brainchild of Toronto musician Jordan Allen, Rolemodel has grown into a full-fledged band, yielding the debut album Before Then Was Now in 2013. A new EP entitled Claire was released this past May, and PopMatters is pleased to premiere the new video for the hazy, Slowdive-influenced track “Cruel Intentions”, which was directed by Allen himself.
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Formed by a group of music students at Montreal’s McGill University, Busty and the Bass has been steadily winning over audiences with their smooth, modern blend of funk, R&B, hip hop, and jazz. Led by the pulsating single “Models”, the effervescent and eclectic debut full-length Glam is set to come out next week, but PopMatters is more than happy to premiere it today.
Earlier this year, PopMatters premiered the Sam Cooke-indebted tune “Last Call” by the Woodstock, New York singer-songwriter Adrien Reju. With the release of her new record Strange Love and the Secret Language just a short month and a half away, we’re proud to unveil another tune of Reju’s, this time a cover version of David Bowie’s “Soul Love”. On both musical and lyrical fronts, “Soul Love” is a perfect match for the refreshingly atypical love songs that Reju sings on her new record.
The brainchild of Philadelphia native Chad Lightbody, Honeychrome offers a minimalist take on pop music, combining the chilliness of electronic with the more rosy-hued sounds of the new nomantic era. Composed and performed entirely on a laptop and a Korg synth, the forthcoming self-released EP All the Right Places evokes chillwave and Depeche Mode at once (what Lihtbody brands as “neopop”) as the new single “Machine” attests, and which you can hear below.
Featuring sultry singer Joanna Teters, New York eight-piece Mad Satta marry funk, soul, R&B, and jazz in a way that hearkens back to the ‘60s but still keeps its sights set forward, bringing an old-school sound into the modern era. Because it’s so organic, backed by a brilliant horn section, the temptation to call the band a throwback is there, but in actuality this music is timeless, especially when it’s done as well as on the dreamy, languid “Simpler Times”, selection from the band’s upcoming EP Break Me Free.